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Daemon
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cogent

(adjective) Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing.

Synonyms: weighty

Usage: Having put forth an indisputably cogent argument, Sally won the debate.
walirlan
Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 4:44:22 AM

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1: having the power of compelling or constraining

<the cogent forces of nature>

2a : appealing persuasively to the mind or reason : convincing

<a cogent argument>
<a cogent description>
<criticism that shows his argumentative style at its most cogent — Edmund Wilson>

b : being pertinent, concise, and often timely : to the point : relevant

<a cogent analysis of the problem>
<studied writing … in order to be able to write cogent and expert briefs — Current Biography>
<the 14th chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, which says some cogent things about the futility of aspiration — C. B. Marshall>

Origin of COGENT

Latin cogent-, cogens, present participle of cogere to drive together, collect, compel, from co- + agere to drive — more at agent

First Known Use: 1659 (sense 1)

Synonyms:

compelling, conclusive, convincing, decisive, effective, forceful, persuasive, satisfying, strong, telling

Antonyms:

inconclusive, indecisive, ineffective, uncompelling, unconvincing, unpersuasive

Related Words:

authoritative, definitive; sound, valid, well-founded; important, significant, weighty; material, pertinent, relevant

Near Antonyms:

groundless, invalid, shaky, unfounded, unsound; inconsequential, insignificant, unimportant; immaterial, irrelevant; feeble, weak
monamagda
Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 1:12:57 PM

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A cogent argument:

Cogency. Just as we can evaluate valid arguments in terms of the actual truth or falsity of their premises, we can evaluate invalid arguments. A cogent argument is a strong argument in which all the premises are actually true in our world. This means that any argument that is either weak, or strong with at least one false premise, is uncogent. Consider the following argument:
Premise: All swans observed so far are white.
Conclusion: All swans are white.

This is quite a strong argument, but, unfortunately, black swans have now been observed in Australia. Thus the premise is false, and the argument is uncogent.


http://www.hss.cmu.edu/philosophy/harrell/writingvocab.html
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 4:04:11 PM

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Though I truly believe that I have a cogent argument, for the jailing of G.W. Bush for war crimes, and crimes against humanity, sadly it falls upon deaf ears.
Fredric-frank Myers
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Though I truly believe that I have a cogent argument, for the jailing of G.W. Bush for war crimes, and crimes against humanity, sadly it falls upon deaf ears.
nkelsey
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Applause
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2014 11:09:38 PM

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Weighty ? That's the only synonym we get ? Ayeesh !
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